Thursday, 27 December 2018

Heads went down against Spurs

Nathan Aké was honest in saying that there was 'not enough fight' against Spurs. Bournemouth heads went down very quickly and defending was very poor. It is no wonder that Aké felt that the spectacle became embarrassing and a sloppy performance.
Bournemouth have to show more ability against the top teams than this.
It was a limp performance by the Cherries at Wembley. Eddie Howe can point towards a few missed chances but really Bournemouth were not in the game once they had conceded the first. The defending was diabolical at times with Charlie Daniels having a game to forget and none of the players getting anywhere near tight enough to the Spurs players who could pick their spot with their passes with hardly any pressure on the ball.

There was almost a sense of acceptance once the score was 2-0 that there was nothing Bournemouth could do to turn the tide. The players just fell back deeper and when they did attack they left nice pockets of space that Spurs could exploit on either wing.

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Bournemouth's finishing was also poor. There were good chances for Brooks, Daniels, Mousset and Stanislas to get on the score sheet but none of them managed to beat Hugo Lloris. On a day when AFCB needed to be at or near their best it was just about the worst performance of the season and if Spurs had really played well it could have been a much bigger score line as most of their goals came from Bournemouth's inadequacies rather than Spurs players doing exceptional things.

I wish I could say something positive but it is a game AFCB need to forget very quickly.

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